Emirates Dubai 7s 2020 Cancelled
The newly proposed Emirates Dubai 7s 2020, which was due to take place from December 4th-5th, has been cancelled due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. The sevens rugby tournament was already a replacement of the cancelled World Series event and would have been scaled-down with local and regional teams.
When the initial tournament was announced, the organisers did say a final decision would be made by October 15th, and they have stayed true to their word.
Emirates Dubai sevens 2020 cancelled
In a statement, the organisers said on October 11th, “Over the past two months since the announcement of the tournament the organisers have been working with regional stakeholders, commercial partners and government institutions to develop a plan to be able to safely deliver the event while living up to the 51 year legacy of Dubai 7s that is so loved in the region and around the world.”
Tournament Director, Tom Burwell added: “The team have been working tirelessly since the World Series cancellation was announced in July in an attempt to build out a plan for the event to take place. A primary goal was to put the health & safety of participants, suppliers and partners at a premium.
I am very proud of the work that the team produced, we have left no stone unturned, but following further discussions with stakeholders at all levels the decisions has been taken to cancel the tournament for 2020.”
Emirates Dubai 7s 2021
The organising team say they will focus on planning for Emirates Dubai 7s 2021. “Work is already underway to ensure that the next edition of the tournament is a spectacular event mixing world-class sport, mass participation and the best entertainment as Dubai welcomes the world of rugby 7s to the desert once again.”
The organisers confirmed that rugby team entries for the 2021 tournament will open earlier “due to unprecedented demand with the details to follow on timelines next month (November 2020).”
Dubai Rugby Winter Program 2020
Some new Dubai 7s events and programs are also planned to take place over the Dubai 2020 Winter, these include:
- Dubai 7s schools legacy program.
- The Dubai 7s Development program.
- Lunch of the ‘The Face of Dubai 7s’ and the ‘Tales from the Sand’ Podcasts.
Burwell said of the WInter plans “The Legacy Program & the Elite Development program are going to be cutting edge ways for the tournament to use the sports that take place each year as vehicles for the development for young boys & girls on and off the field. Some of the best players and coaches in the world will be travelling to Dubai to share their knowledge and experience.”
Rugby News 2020
- Rugby India in 2020.
- Sri Lanka Rugby Inter Club Rugby Sevens 2020.
- Hong Kong Rugby Union 2020-21 Season.
- SRU Men’s National League postponed to 2021.